As the power supply situation keeps worsening in the country with its resultant negative effect on businesses, majority of the citizenry say the time has come to go for protest marches on the streets.
A group calling itself the Movement for Change (MFC), based in the Ashanti Region, says people in the region had had enough of President Mahama-led government’s austerity measures and mismanagement of the energy crisis.
The MFC, in a statement released to the media, indicated that the time was ripe to ensure a change of the present hardship facing ordinary Ghanaians and cause the high fuel prices to come down, in line with the plummeting prices in the world market.
The statement, jointly signed by its executive chairman, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare; director of operations, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah; director of trategy, Kwabena Nsenkyire and communication director, Henry Nana Boakye stated that the unemployment situation and the high cost of living were among the grounds for a street protest scheduled on February 24, 2015.
‘We are in a state of emergency,’ Odeneho Kwaku Appiah noted on Friday and added, ‘This is the time to mobilise in the streets.’
According to him, the call to protest was significant because President Mahama had parried calls for reduction of fuel prices, despite the plummeting oil prices in the world market.
He called on religious groups, student bodies, civil society groups and activists of political parties to join the protest march, intimating that Ghana’s economy had shrunk since 2013.
President Mahama and his government have come under fire on social media platforms and editorial pages of newspapers for the poor management of the economy, while the power crisis deepens.
From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi
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